Preview: Betsy Davis on GLORYBE Wooden Boat Restoration

August 14, 2014

Dustin Urban

Betsy Davis’ 100-year-old wooden boat GLORYBE burned and sank in a tragic fire at the Seattle Yacht Club in 2002. Following boatbuilding school Betsy served as the Executive Director at The Center for Wooden Boats for 11 years and then moved on to become the Executive Director of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Here she tells the story of GLORYBE’s restoration and all that it taught her.

GLORYBE is a beautiful 36 foot double-ender that was built in 1914 at the Taylor-Grandy boatyard on Vashon Island, just west of Seattle. Read Betsy’s account of the 2002 fire.

Here’s the happy ending: After a 3-year restoration, GLORYBE was launched again in 2005, and this year she celebrates her 100th birthday.

See The Off Center Harbor video aboard the GLORYBE.

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